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Missy (Paperback)
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Missy (Paperback)

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Paperback 304 Pages / Published: 02/07/2009
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A rowdy, exuberant, badly behaved blast of an adventure, Missy begins in 1862 with Dol McQueen, nineteen-year-old flash girl and opium user, heading for a boom town in the American West. On the way she prevents a man from hanging himself only to discover he is a murderous pimp. When he turns up later at the saloon where she has found work with some stolen goods he wants her to hide, Dol grabs the chance to start a new life and takes off into the wilderness with the loot and all hell in pursuit. Her alcoholic mother is an added burden on the mad, epic journey: can Dol save herself, her mother and their poisonous relationship? Like her literary predecessors, Becky Sharpe and Moll Flanders, Dol is a flawed but irresistible anti-heroine, and Missy is an astounding debut.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780099501558
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 215 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 18 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"When a brilliant, award-winning Scottish playwright produces a first novel, you don't expect to be recommending it as a perfect beach read...Funny and exhilarating - Moll Flanders on drugs" * The Times *
"Narrated by one of the more luminous characters in recent fiction" * Guardian *
"A gorgeously sassy opening, it is surprising how winning, and how powerful, the voice of Dol McQueen, 19th-century American "flash-girl" actually is... Hannan has traversed the limits of history and given us a thoroughly modern woman" * Independent *
"Hannan is comparable to no playwright working today so much as the Renaissance masters. He has a density of expression, a control of populous scenes, a sense of dramatic development and a sheer verve which few writers, living or dead, can touch" * Sunday Times *
"An action-packed page-turner...riveting" * Scotland on Sunday *

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“Shin out and buy a copy!”

This book is amazing on every level, I totally adore it and cannot recommend it highly enough. Set in California in 1862, this is tale of the old American west with a difference - it's some... More

Paperback edition
13th May 2015
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“Shin out and buy a copy!”

This book is amazing on every level, I totally adore it and cannot recommend it highly enough. Set in California in 1862, this is tale of the old American west with a difference - it's some... More

Paperback edition
13th May 2015
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